A man being guarded by a sheriff’s deputy at a Minnesota hospital grabbed the deputy’s gun during a struggle and shot and killed him on Sunday, authorities said.
Aitkin County Sheriff’s Investigator Steven Sandberg was guarding Danny Leroy Hammond, who was a suspect in a domestic incident, as reported by Yahoo News. Hammond, who was not handcuffed at the time, died after he was subdued by a hospital guard with a Taser. “Several shots were fired during that struggle and then security officers were able to get into the room, and the suspect was tased with a Taser, and taken into custody,” Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Superintendent, Drew Evans, said at a news conference. “After he was taken into custody he became unresponsive. Medical personnel performed lifesaving operations on him and he died at that time.”
Autopsies will be performed at the victim and the suspect. More details about how the shooting occurred will be determined. Aitkin County Sheriff, Scott Turner, said that Sandberg had served as an investigator for 20 years; and had been with the department since 1991. The hospital vice president, Kurt Otto, and Evans did not say why Hammond was being treated at the hospital. Owing to the “seriousness” of the domestic violence incident, Otto had requested the sheriff’s office to send deputies to the hospital. Investigators will be conducting interviews to find out more about the incident.
As reported by Minnesota Public Radio News, court records reveal that Hammond has previously been convicted for crimes that occurred in Aitkin County – in 1990 for escaping prison, in 1989 for third degree burglary and 1990 for terrorist threats.
The incident was condemned by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton. In a statement, Dayton said, “I deplore the terrible, senseless murder of Deputy Sheriff Steven Sandberg.”